Liu He (far right) is the top economic aide to President Xi Jinping and China’s top negotiator in trade talks with the Trump administration. Photo: Reuters

China’s top US trade war negotiator sidesteps growth risks as Beijing digs in for extended battle

  • Vice-Premier Liu He tells a symposium of local government officials and business delegates from China’s export bases that the current economic pressure is ‘normal’
  • Xi Jinping’s top trade negotiator spoke with his US counterparts on Tuesday in the first talks since the G20 summit truce agreed with US President Donald Trump
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Liu He (far right) is the top economic aide to President Xi Jinping and China’s top negotiator in trade talks with the Trump administration. Photo: Reuters
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Zhong Shan joined Vice-Premier Liu He’s phone conversation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing plays down Commerce Minister Zhong Shan’s inclusion in latest US-China trade war talks

  • He did not directly participate in first 11 rounds of trade negotiations, but took part in a phone call alongside top negotiator Liu He this week
  • Some see his inclusion as a step to toughen China’s negotiating position as he is viewed by many as a hardliner who always toes the party line
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Zhong Shan joined Vice-Premier Liu He’s phone conversation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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